Wichita’s Director of Emergency Management, Randy Duncan, retiring

Randy Duncan - KSN FILE
Randy Duncan - KSN FILE

WICHITA, Kansas – Sedgwick County is losing one of its leaders. After years of taking charge during some of the toughest situations, Randy Duncan is retiring as Director of Emergency Management.

For almost three decades, Duncan has dedicated his life to keeping people safe.

“I’ve been responsible for 12 or 13 presidential declarations of disaster or major emergency” said Duncan.

He’s been at his current post for the last 16 years.

“We’re ready when an actual emergency does happen to kick in and do what needs to be done so our community recovers back as well as possible under circumstances” said Duncan.

He is retiring this week and county commissioners honored him at their weekly meeting.

“You’ve been a great asset for us and served our citizens well and our government well,” said Dave Unruh, Sedgwick County Commissioner.

He leaves behind a long list of accomplishments. The county’s new Emergency Operation Center is part of his legacy.

Duncan also spearheaded the effort to improve the outdoor warning system. The county now has more control over the 147 devices alerting you of a tornado.

“We now have capability to activate devices that are in warning polygon issued my National Weather Service,” said Duncan.

Randy Duncan believes the citizens of Sedgwick County are safer than ever, thanks to better communication between agencies.

“The ultimate goal of all that is a more comprehensive and more community wide response to emergency and disasters,” said Duncan.

Duncan’s last day with the county is Friday. He is excited to get started on the next phase of his life which starts on Monday with a move into the private sector. An interim director will be named soon.

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